Recent statistics released from the Office of the eSafety Commissioner reveal the startling fact that one in five young people have been targeted online. And now the eSafety Commissioner, Julie Inman Grant, is calling for cyberbullying to be added to the national school curriculum.
Today, at the Women in Media event at the National Press Club of Australia, eSafety Commissioner Julie Inman Grant, delivered a speech noting that school communities have a key role to play in the ‘full scale cultural change’ required to combat the issue of online abuse.
“Less than half of parents feel confident dealing with cyber bullying, or managing online threats like contact with strangers – which we know that a quarter of Australian teenagers have experienced,” she said.
The commissioner said the average age of complaints to her office by young people was 14 – the same age Dolly Everett was when she died last year in a suicide that sparked a national outcry.
..complaints are becoming much more complex, urgent and serious.
“Our experience shows that complaints are becoming much more complex, urgent, and serious,” she said.
To help achieve this societal change, we need to reinforce key values with children in the home whilst integrating similar principles into the curriculum throughout a child’s pre-K-12 educational journey,” Ms Inman Grant said.
CyberHound takes student welfare seriously and believes in protecting students by promoting safe internet use. CyberHound’s ClearView platform acts as a catalyst to enable enhanced protection for students while at the same time reinforcing the training and policies that are set by the school around positive digital citizenship.
“CyberHound’s ClearView ensured we intercepted wellbeing issues that we weren’t aware of, and that had significant impact on health and wellbeing of those students,” Nicholas Moloney, Marcellin College.
ClearView is able to identify patterns of behaviour that indicate a risk, or policy that has been breached. It immediately identifies evidence-based triggers that can support the circumstantial events and intuition of professionals within the school – identifying patterns of behaviour from webmail, search activity, web browsing, chat as well as common social media platforms. It is then able to send reports and alerts to key school executives and welfare teams to facilitate any interception that may be necessary.
We are also excited to have partnered with Circle to bring you at home parental controls for all devices, for peace of mind and protection for kids when they are off the school network. You can even set bed times and limit activity on apps such as YouTube and Snapchat. Find out more at cybersafehouse.com.